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It’s mounted and ready to hook up. Some states no longer allow a tow bar to be mounted and secured upright while driving the Jeep on roads and highways, so I remove it for storage between trips.
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Flat Towing Tech: The Hows and Whys of Installing a Tow Bar

It’s time to hit the highway for a little summer adventure. Our getaways often include four-wheeling on new and distant trails, and that means towing our Jeep behind a motorhome or some other tow […]

Our custom valley plate was machined from .250” thick 6061 billet stock. Unlike the OEM cover, the plate runs flush front and rear. The casting depressions at the front top of the block were filled with All-Metal body filler to create a flush-front block area.
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Back in Black Nighthawk LS (Part 2): Heads, Valvetrain, Oiling System & More

Editor’s Note: Mike Mavrigian’s shop, Birchwood Automotive, specializes in street performance and racing engines as well as vehicle restoration. We covered his last build, a 499 cubic inch Mopar 400 big […]

Here's the 438 dressed in dyno trim, without an alternator.
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The Wonder Windsor: Hardcore Horsepower’s 738 HP Small Block Ford

Mike Petralia, owner and chief bottle washer at Hardcore Horsepower & Dyno in Franklin, TN, is no stranger to hot small block Ford builds. So when it came time to […]

Back in Black Nighthawk LS Engine Build (Part 1): The Short Block
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Back in Black Nighthawk LS Engine Build (Part 1): The Short Block

Editor’s Note: Mike Mavrigian’s shop, Birchwood Automotive, specializes in street performance and racing engines as well as vehicle restoration. We covered his last build, a 499 cubic inch Mopar 400 […]

We fast-forwarded a little to show off the custom-mix PPG Deltron Starlight Blue Metallic stripes with the cool ghost stars. Those stars show up in the number roundels too.
Featured Vehicles / Tech / Tech Projects

The Valkyrie Project: Restoring a Road Race 1969 AMX

It’s not every day you run across a bona fide race warrior tucked away in a barn or shed, especially if that warrior is an American Motors product. But that’s […]

Fifth-Gen. Frenzy (Part 4): Making Non-Descript Gen. V Camaro Stand Out with Exterior Styling Parts
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Fifth-Gen. Frenzy (Part 4): Making Non-Descript Gen. V Camaro Stand Out with Exterior Styling Parts

It’s hard to argue the popularity of the fifth-generation Camaro. Chevrolet sold nearly 600,000 Camaros during the production run of the fifth generation, including over 80,000 in 2013 alone. That’s […]

Another unique feature of Ford’s FE engine family is the intake manifold actually forms part of the base for the valvetrain. The rocker arms cannot be bolted up, nor the pushrods dropped into place, before the intake manifold is installed. This is an original Ford dual quad aluminum intake for this engine.
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Reviving the Top-Oiler: Stuffing Big Cubic Inches into a 427 While Maintaining a Strictly Stock Look

The 427 is one of Ford’s most successful and iconic engines. With its 4.630-inch bore spacing and characteristic deep skirted block, the 427 slots right into Ford’s FE family of […]

With a stream of Renegade 116-octane fuel running through the rails, the COPO LS7 performs best on 31 degrees of timing. SAM Tech varies the air/fuel ratio between 12.7:1 and 13.2:1 depending on the level of competition on a given race weekend. A Holley Dominator EFI system is tasked with engine management duties.
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Stock Eliminator LS7: How SAM Tech Got 825 Horses from a Naturally Aspirated, NHRA-Legal LS7

Anyone can slap a supercharger on a stock 505-horse LS7 and pick up an extra 200 horsepower. And thanks to the incredible untapped potential of GM’s factory LS7 cylinder heads, gaining huge […]

Dr. John’s persistence paid off, getting several manufacturers to provide parts for the Red Dragon Racing Mustang. We’ll be outlining the Mustang’s chassis upgrades in the next installment of Working Man’s Race Car.
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Working Man’s Race Car (Part 2): Tips for Getting a Parts Sponsorship for Your Race Car

Editor’s Note: Back in February we posted Part One of Dr. John O’Connor’s story about his latest race car, a 1995 Mustang GTS that will compete in NHRA Super Street. […]

Fifth-Gen. Frenzy (Part 3): Installing a Chevrolet Performance Z/28 Suspension Package on a 2013 Camaro
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Fifth-Gen. Frenzy (Part 3): Installing a Chevrolet Performance Z/28 Suspension Package on a 2013 Camaro

It wasn’t possible to get a fifth-generation Camaro Z/28 until 2014, but Chevrolet Performance has now made it possible to bring Z/28 handling to your 2010-13 Chevrolet Camaro SS. The Chevrolet […]